If you want to get an idea of what your car is up against in winter months, think about how well you do outside in the freezing cold temperatures versus the nice warm summer’s day. Even though your car is mechanical, operating in winter weather has its challenges. So it pays to learn more about how to take care of your car during the winter
4 WINTER CAR CARE TIPS
Actually, winter driving means more than car care. Get your snow tires on as soon as you can. Make sure the tire pressure is right for winter tires. And double-check that your emergency kit is packed, including a couple of blankets.
- Check Your Owner’s Manual – There maybe winter maintenance or driving tips that are peculiar to your vehicle.
- Keep Your Vehicle Plugged In – If cold-weather temperatures remain in the double-digits below zero for an extended period, it can place a strain on your battery. Not only does the battery not operate as efficiently, but it has to get the rest of the engine going too. Using your block heater keeps your battery strong.
- Top Up All Your Fluids – Make sure your engine fluids are all at their proper levels, especially your engine coolant and windshield washer fluids. And keep your gas tank full as much as possible throughout the winter to make sure you have lots of fuel in an emergency.
- Use Winter Windshield Wipers – Yes, they do make a difference. They are designed to improve your vision of the road so you can avoid visits to the auto body shop. The wiper blades are more pliable in cold temperatures, so they don’t streak the windshield as much. And the wiper arms are designed to prevent snow and ice from clinging to them.
If you liked this post, check out our recent article on the first thing to do to avoid collisions this winter.